July 30: This Day in Black History
Featured: Carl Lewis
1936:Happy Birthday to one of the best blues guitarists of the ’50s, Buddy Guy who turns 78 today.
1949 Lucky Millender & His Orchestra charted with “Little Girl, Don’t Cry,” peaking at #15 R&B. Big John Greer did the vocals on what is now a $50 collectible.
1955 Chuck Berry’s classic first single “Maybellene” was released.
1955 Muddy Waters charted with “Mannish Boy,” reaching #5 R&B. The tune was actually the same as Bo Diddley’s “I’m A Man.”
1956:Happy Birthday to professor, attorney and an advocate for women’s rights Anita Hill who turns 58 today.
1957:Happy Birthday to former head coach (Bulls) and NBA player Bill Cartwright who turns 57 today.
1961:Happy Birthday to award winning actor Laurence Fishburne who turns 53 today.
1964:Happy Birthday to actress & producer Vivica A. Fox who turns 50 today.
1968:Happy Birthday to actor Terry Crews who turns 46 today.
1970:MC Trouble was a rap artist, and the first female rapper signed to Motown Records. She passed away in 1991, aged 21. LaTasha Sheron Rogers died from complications of a brain tumor.
1983: “She Works Hard For the Money” by Donna Summer was the number 1 R&B song this day.
1989 John Lee Hooker performed at the Newport Folk Festival’s Thirtieth Anniversary Show with Leon Redbone, Pete Seeger, and Theodore Bikel, among others.
1991 Arsenio Hall’s entire TV program was devoted to Patti LaBelle.
1993: Saxophonist Don Myrick was fatally shot at age 53. He was a member of Earth Wind & Fire’s original horn section.